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Former Knight-Ridder Editor Wins First I.F. Stone Medal

Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Froomkin

The Nieman Foundation and its Watchdog Project this year established an I.F. Stone Medal for journalistic independence. I'm delighted to announce th...

1,300 Journos Want to Witness "Victory Column" Speech

Christina Bellantoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christina Bellantoni

  BERLIN — Team Obama has received a record-breaking 1,300 requests for press credentials from reporters who want to cover his speech here...

If We Drill in the US, We Don't Get the Oil

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Everyone seems to assume that if we drill for oil in the US, we will get the oil and won't be dependent on foreign oil anymore. But we won't get anything, Exxon-Mobil will.

Olympic Security and the Media

Jeremy Haft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeremy Haft

China is curtailing the hours when press can film in Tiananmen Square, and they'll try to censor the television narrative. But they won't be able to prohibit 24/7 coverage via the Internet of protests as they happen.

America's Two Faces

Hugh Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Hugh Hamilton

The two images will dominate the American media this weekend are for once not Obama and McCain, but rather the competing movies at the box office, the images of which dare I say it, can be seen to represent the dichotomy of the American landscape.

The War Pundits: Sam Power, McJoan, Danner, Mitchell

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

By relying too heavily on government sources from one party, most pre-Iraq war coverage misstated the threat and drastically underplayed opposition to the war among experts, political elites, and the general public.

McCain's Aging Cocoon

Lester Feder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lester Feder

Doctors can alleviate any concerns about McCain's health. But Americans can rightly wonder whether he truly understands the faltering economy that he will have to steer back to health if he becomes president.

TV Ad Wars: Global O v. Latin Mac

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

McCain has a problematic new ad for Latino voters. It won't work -- and he was already far behind where Team McCain thought he'd be with Latinos a few months ago.

MSNBC: Hillary's New Hairdo is VERY IMPORTANT (VIDEO)

Media Matters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

During the 10 a.m. ET hour of the July 16 broadcast of MSNBC Live, host Monica Novotny devoted a segment to discussing Sen. Hillary Clinton's "new loo...

Fox News: It's Eductaoinal!

Bob Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Harris

Hat tips to ThinkProgress and NewsHounds. ...

The New Yorker's Fear of a Black President

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leonce Gaiter

It's hard to believe that the editorial staff of the New Yorker did not see this straight depiction of Obama and his wife as militant/Muslim terrorists for the Red State red meat that it is. Parroting is not parody.

New Washington Bureau Chief Saving The AP Or Destroying It?

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ron Fournier says he regards Sandy Johnson, his predecessor as head of The Associated Press's Washington bureau, as "a mentor." Johnson, though, rega...

Jesse's Obama Problem: He Needs Barack More Than Barack Needs Him

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Deggans

If tradition civil rights leaders are stuck on the outside when Obama gets elected president, what does that mean for them and for the struggle to free black folks from oppression?

The Other N-Word

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

Obama has catered to the middle with gun control, telecom immunity, the death penalty, faith-based initiatives, and troop withdrawal landmarks. The only man who can save us now is Ralph Nader.

Media Trolls

Joan Blades | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joan Blades

Rev. Jackson thought he was off the air and speaking privately when he made those remarks about Obama. In a world with responsible media this would not have been the top story of the day.

Meet Mac's New Supremo: Steve Schmidt And His Tumultuous First Week

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Schmidt's experience with Schwarzenegger tells him about the problems with the conservative base as the candidate runs a campaign aimed at independents.

"Nuts" Case: How Media Handled Jackson's "Crude" Word

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

When a major political figure or celebrity utters a newsmaking, off-color, remark it is always interesting to observe how different news outlets handle the offending word or words.

Aw Nuts, Jesse Jackson, You Can't Say That On Television!

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Is America strong enough to handle the violent wishes of Jesse Jackson toward Barack Obama's pair? Probably -- last I checked, "nuts" wasn't one of George Carlin's 7 words.

Recreate 68, the DNC and the Urgent Need to Reinvent Our Political Language

Roberto Lovato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roberto Lovato

"Recreate 68" sounds more like something more appropriate for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young reunion concert than for a movement of our troubled times.

News Update: Obama to Accept Nomination on the Moon

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Klein

Barack Obama will accept the Democratic presidential nomination on the Moon, and not as previously reported Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High, a 76,...

The Coming Together Of McCain And Obama On Iraq

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

McCain knows that the electorate wants America out of Iraq, even faster than Obama has proposed. He also knows that his ties to Bush's foreign policy are an albatross around his neck.

Stop Whining!

Malcolm Friedberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Malcolm Friedberg

Most criticism of the Supreme Court's recent decisions comes off as whining about the fact that the Court decided against one's side, with zero appreciation of the fact that at least there's a relatively fair system.

Selling Out Sometimes? Okay. Selling Out All The Time? Not.

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

Barack Obama dealt a bit in platitudes during the primaries so that he'd have less to disassociate himself from once he had the nomination in hand. But he held back on a few whoppers, too.

Is Televised Self-help Taking the Place of Religion?

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lisa Earle McLeod

I think God is a big sassy black woman, and She sent Oprah down to spread the love. Let's be honest here. The last guy She sent wasn't too media sav...

My Experiment With Rep. Robert Wexler on Fixing A Media Flaw That Angers Many Viewers/Listeners

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rob Kall

My solution that could set a precedent for how the mainstream media handle unfinished interviews and resolve unanswered questions.